MRSA (sometimes referred to as a superbug) stands for meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

About one in three of us carries the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (SA) on the surface of our skin, or in our nose, without developing an infection. This is known as being colonised by the bacteria.

However, if SA bacteria get into the body through a break in the skin they can cause infections such as boils, abscesses or wound infections. If they get into the bloodstream they can cause more serious infections.

SA infections may require treatment with antibiotics. However, some strains of the SA bacteria are resistant to some of the more commonly used antibiotics. MRSA bacteria are types of SA bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic Flucloxacillin.

The NDHT keeps records of all its patients who have at any time been found to carry MRSA.  In accordance with national guidance we screen the majority of patients for MRSA on admission to the wards. In certain key departments such as intensive care and orthopaedic wards we also repeat screening weekly with resident patients.

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Last updated: November 2, 2017